Thursday, March 31, 2016


Campus Ministry Bulletin
vol 24 no 23

April 3, 2016 - Second Sunday of Easter

+  Acts 5:12-16  +  Revelation 1:9-13, 17-19  +  John 20:19-31  +
Masses this Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:30 pm

Mass Intentions:
Sunday4.310:30 am
6:30 pm         
For the SAU Community                   
Monday     4.4Noon+ Paul Barton, '48
Tuesday     4.54:30 pm+ Jerry Wilkins, '03, '04
Wednesday     4.69:15 pmFor student intentions           
Thursday4.7          4:30 pm+ Donato "Dan" Petrucelli, '50          
Friday        4.8Noon+ Charles Azzaline, '59

This Week's Activities Include:
Monday: Music Ministry Rehearsal 6 pm (Chapel); Brewed Awakening 8:00 pm (Gathering Space)
Tuesday: Bridge Bible Fellowship 9 pm (Chapel)
Wednesday: Ambrosians for Peace and Justice 8:00 pm (Lower Chapel); Sacrament of Reconciliation 8:30 pm (Chapel); Mass & More 9:15 pm (Chapel)
Thursday: Women & Faith 8 pm (Gathering Space)
Friday: Dan Schutte Concert 7 pm (Chapel)
Saturday: Dan Schutte Workshop 8:30 am (Chapel)

Campus Ministry Offices - Lower Chapel
333-6132 or  
Twitter: @FrChuckAdam
Fr. Chuck Adam, Chaplain
Chris Clow, Director of Music and Liturgy
Kaitlin Depuydt, Director of Service and Social Justice
Tammy Norcross-Reitzler, Director of Faith Formation
Tom Prior, Grad Assistant

Prayer Ministry - send intentions to

Plenty to Smile About
Easter is more than a one-day celebration. Christians celebrate a whole 50-day season of Easter. But even more, Easter is a way of life to be lived every day. In recent weeks across our world and even here in our own community there have been more tragedies than I have space to mention here, but despite the tensions of life, hope always prevails. And living that hope is central to the Easter message. One of the ways we at St. Ambrose University live out that hope is through service in the pursuit of justice and peace. We are proud to be a part of a coalition that honors peacemakers every year and this year we honor the work of the Venerable Thich Nhất Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, poet, and peace activist who received the prestigious Pacem in Terris award from Bishop Amos in California this past Fall. Even though health concerns prevent him from traveling to Davenport, a local ceremony honoring him will take place in Christ the King Chapel this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Nhất Hạnh was a friend of Thomas Merton and Martin Luther King, Jr. and worked with them in the pursuit of non-violent solutions to conflict. In fact, Dr. King nominated Thich Nhất Hạnh for the Nobel Peace Prize. Nhất Hanh also teaches us much about being fully present to each moment. A book of meditations I picked up recently included the following quote from Thich Nhất Hanh: “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile. Sometimes your smile is the source of your joy.” It is especially true for people who live the promise of Easter. If we can become more fully aware of all that is within us and all that is before us at each moment, there really is always plenty to smile about. ---Fr. Chuck 

•Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation
This weekend we celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation at the 10:30 am Mass.  Nathan Pittman will be baptized and confirmed.  We will also welcome Will Horack and Taylor Stewart into full communion of the Catholic Church with a profession of faith and the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion.   Briana Morales and Emily Doty will celebrate their First Communion and Confirmation.  Paul Burd, Kaitlyn Doty, A.J. Michalowicz, Sydney Oppelt, Leah Poss, and Alexis Roberts will also be confirmed on Sunday.   The candidates met together throughout the past year to explore the Sunday Scriptures and experience the Catholic way of life.  We congratulate them and welcome them with great joy!  If you are interested in learning more about becoming Catholic or preparing for the sacraments, please email

•Celebrating Sister Joan’s Golden Jubilee
Please join the SAU community at the 10:30 am Mass on Sunday April 10 in Christ the King Chapel for a celebration honoring Sister Joan Lescinski’s Golden Jubilee as a sister of the Congregation of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  During the mass Sister Joan will renew her vows. A reception will follow in the Gathering Space.  We congratulate Sister Joan and we are honored to be able to celebrate her 50 years of service in religious life.

•Turn In Your Rice Bowls
If you haven’t yet turned in your Rice Bowl, please bring it to the Chapel Gathering Space, and leave it in the marked basket.  Proceeds go to fight hunger in the Quad Cities as well as globally.  You can also make a donation by going straight to CRS online.  Thank you for your generosity!

•Pacem in Terris Local Celebration
On Saturday April 2nd at 4pm, the local celebration for the most recent recipient of the Pacem in Terris award will happen in Christ the King Chapel.  In October, the award was presented for Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a teacher, author, and peace activist.  Please join us for the local celebration on Saturday, that will honor the life and work of Thich Nhat Hanh.

•Service on Saturday 
Join us this Saturday April 2nd to pick up sticks, pull weeds, and do other gardening work at Project Renewal from 9:30am-11:30am. Transportation will be provided. Sign up at to join.  Upcoming Service on Saturday opportunities are at the RiverBend FoodBank on April 9th from 10:15am-12:45pm to help pack backpacks with food for area children.  The following weekend on Saturday April 16th from 8:30am-11:15am we’ll be helping at Project Renewal’s Fit-Fest event, a fundraiser for the after-school organization.  Volunteers are needed to help with directing traffic and timing the participants during the event.

•Wellness Center Ground Breaking
Participate in the celebration of the ground-breaking for our new Wellness and Recreation Center on Thursday, April 7th at 2:30 pm on the practice field west of the PE Center.

•Concert and Workshop featuring Dan Schutte - April 8-9
Dan Schutte, Catholic liturgical musician and contemporary Catholic songwriter (his credits include Here I Am, Lord; City of God; Table of Plenty; Blest Be the Lord; and many more), will be here for a concert and workshop April 8-9.  Concert Friday, April 8 at 7pm; Workshop Saturday, April 9 from 8:30am-12 noon.  His Friday concert will focus on our call to say “yes” to God in our lives, signified through his song Here I Am, Lord.  The Saturday workshop will focus on his Mass of Christ the Savior, and the process he used in writing it.  Both events are free for SAU students; $5 each for non-SAU students with ID; otherwise, concert is $20 and workshop is $25.  Proceeds benefit the Sisters of St. Benedict at Benet House Retreat Center.

•Busy Student Retreat
Interested in attending a retreat while still being able to go to classes, work, and spend time with friends?  The Busy Student Retreat is for you!  The retreat will be held from April 10-14th  and it takes place right here on-campus in the midst of your regular schedule.  You commit to 30 minutes of prayer time and schedule a time to meet daily  with a spiritual guide one-on-one for 30 minutes. Pick up a form in the Gathering Space or Register online at  Contact Tammy Norcross-Reitzler 563-333-6132 or for more information!

•Brewed Awakening
Join us Monday, April 11 at 8pm in the Gathering Space for our final Brewed of the year. In preparation for Earth Week, GreenLife will lead a discussion about the Flint, MI water crisis.  Free coffee specialty drinks and hot chocolate will be provided.

•Senior Bee-Leaving Retreat
St. Ambrose seniors are invited to an overnight retreat, Friday, April 15-16 at Sugar Creek Retreat Center.  Join your classmates for a fun evening to celebrate the past & spiritually prepare for the future.   Depart for the retreat from St. Ambrose at 5 p.m., Friday, April 15th and return Saturday morning.  We’ll provide the evening meal and breakfast.  Please register online at by April 13th.   For more information contact us at

•Save the date: CommUNITY day
For the 2nd year, Ambrosians will be helping in the neighborhood around campus with spring clean-up in yards.  Save the date for Sunday April 17th from 12-5pm and look for sign-ups for your team of 6 coming soon!

•Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies - June 23-26, July 28-31 
Want to work in youth ministry?  The Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies program is for you!  This program can be completed in just two summers, and provides students with the tools to help them be successful youth ministers.  Can also earn up to 8 hours of Theology credit.  Find applications online or email